Non-Japanese Authors

Zack Davisson – Yurei: The Japanese Ghost

Combining his lifelong interest in Japanese tradition and his personal experiences with these vengeful spirits, Davisson launches an investigation into the origin, popularization, and continued existence of yurei in Japan. Juxtaposing historical documents and legends against contemporary yurei-based horror films such as The Ring, Davisson explores the persistence of this paranormal phenomenon in modern day Japan and its continued spread throughout the West.

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Zack Davisson – Yokai Stories

Sixteen mythical monsters and spirits from Japanese folklore take children on fantastical adventures in this first-ever children’s storybook about yokai. Young readers will meet baku the dream eater, mischievous kappa sprites, a ghost child who lives in a hotel, and many more. Yokai have a rich history dating back centuries in Japan, and today, they can be found in monstercatching video games and animated films.

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Matt Alt & Hiroko Yoda – Yurei Attack!

Yurei is the Japanese word for “ghost.” It’s as simple as that. They are the souls of dead people, unable—or unwilling—to shuffle off this mortal coil. Yurei are many things, but “friendly” isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Not every yurei is dangerous, but they are all driven by emotions so uncontrollably powerful that they have taken on a life of their own: rage, sadness, devotion, a desire for revenge, or even the firm belief that they are still alive.

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Matt Alt & Hiroko Yoda – Yokai Attack!

Yokai are ethereal sorts of beings, like ghosts, nearly always encountered at night; everyone has their own take on how they might look in real life and what sorts of specific characteristics and abilities they might have. This book is the result of long hours spent poring over data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including microfilms of eighteenth-century illustrations from the national Diet Library in Tokyo, in order to bring you detailed information on almost 50 of these amazing creatures for the first time in English.

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Michael Dylan Foster – The Book of Yokai

Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories.

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Matthew Meyer – The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons

What are yokai? Put simply, they are supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore. The word in Japanese is a combination of yo, meaning “bewitching,” and kai, meaning “strange.” This field guide contains over 100 illustrated entries covering a wide variety of Japanese yokai. Each yokai is described in detail—including its habitat, diet, origin, and legends—based on translations from centuries-old Japanese texts.

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Matthew Meyer – The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits

The twilight hour—the border between daylight and darkness—is when the boundary between worlds is at its thinnest.  Superstition tells people to return to their villages and stay inside when the sun sets in order to avoid running into demons. This is why in Japanese the twilight hour is called omagatoki: “the hour of meeting evil spirits.” This encyclopedia contains over 125 illustrated entries detailing the monsters of Japanese folklore and the myths and magic surrounding them.

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Thomas Bauerle – Kanashibari

If you are curious about the afterlife, you will find this book intriguing. You’ve read about poltergeists? You know about the Enfield Haunting? You know about Amityville? But what do you know about the ghosts of Japan? Thomas Bauerle provides us with story after terrifying story of true encounters with Japanese ghosts, spirits, poltergeist, monsters, and other horrifying phenomena including accounts his own creepy experiences with the supernatural in his adopted home – Japan.

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Fiona Dodwell – The Hidden

Charlotte Howarth makes the 12 hour journey to Japan to meet her penpal for the first time. Friends since they were teenagers, Charlotte thinks the break away from home will do her good. However, after her arrival, things take a sinister turn. What are the unexplained noises, the nightly apparitions and the unusual behaviour from her friend caused by? Charlotte soon realises she must find out the truth, before it’s too late to save her friend, her sanity, and perhaps even her life…

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Bradley Freeman – Reek

A forgotten island awaits a Japanese documentary team, a place with a horrifying past. The mission is simple, a world first: catch a ghost on film. A fallen director, his troubled assistant, a psychic with a death wish, and a policeman refusing to see the truth. All are about to discover the awful truth behind Pokere Island, for the ghosts of the past are real indeed. And very, very hungry. What began as a claim to fame will soon turn into a brutal fight for survival. Against the spirits, against the island… against themselves.

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